We've all been warned about the connection between pride and reading. Charles Spurgeon warned that "little learning and much pride come with hasty reading." Bertrand Russell once observed, "There are two motives for reading a book. One, that you enjoy it. The other; that you can boast about it." Alan Jacobs has similarly commented: “I think … Continue reading The Humility of Reading (or The Pride of Not Reading)
Last week I wrote an article on the issue of self-promotion. Today I want to apply a few reflections from last week's article specifically to pastoral ministry. Postcards and Self-Promotion Before I went to seminary I served for nearly five years as a youth pastor. I was fresh out of college with a Bible degree and a desire … Continue reading Self-Promotion, Pastoral Ministry, and Our Spiritual Condition
Blogging is not for everybody. Some people rightly hesitate to develop or host a blog. Some may feel that blogging would promote too much pride in their heart and life. Others may sense the gravity and power of writing and are therefore reluctant to write publicly. Still others may not consider blogging a good use … Continue reading Too Proud to Blog?
Unless the heart is broken True love to Christ cannot flow Only a heart that is broken Can the beauty of Christ know O that I would be broken Over a true sight of my sin Then real compassion and love Would flow to enemy and kin But pride is most crafty It loves to … Continue reading 'Unless the Heart is Broken'